The Ethics Bowl
Luana Uluave has spent the last few years as the coach for the high school Ethics Bowl and will present on its history, how it works, as well as review specific case studies and lessons that have been learned from the Ethics Bowl to improve ethical decision making.
So, exactly what is an Ethics Bowl? An Ethics Bowl consists of teams of up to five students which present arguments on how to best resolve ethical dilemmas, such as whether it’s OK for public colleges to accept private money, whether China’s social-credit system is just, and whether it’s ever OK to read another person’s diary without their permission.
Utah's bowl, held Feb. 2 at Westminster College, is part of a growing movement to help teens learn how to think critically about morals and ethics in a forum that more resembles a polite conversation than a debate.
This year's cases, which are available to view on the Parr Center for Ethics website, include the following questions:
- What should we use as the primary criteria for determining how to distribute livers and other vital organs?
- Who bears the primary moral responsibility for widespread use of fake followers on social media?
- What is problematic about the loss (to extinction) of a given species? Are species valuable for their own sake or are they valuable for some other reason?
- To what extent should adults care about the bad deeds of others’ children?
- Is there anything morally objectionable to buying or selling ivory that has come from elephants that have died naturally?
- To what extent does the rate of gun violence in the U.S. justify passing laws to restrict gun ownership?
Luana Uluave teaches English VIII, XI, and XII at the Waterford School, where she has been on the faculty since 2004. Luana Uluave holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has worked as a college writing instructor, writing program administrator, curriculum developer, adult education assessment specialist, and tutor. At Waterford, Luana has served as Class XI and Class XII Dean, Literary Magazine Adviser, Debate Team Coach, Ethics Bowl Coach, Ethics Club Adviser, New Teacher Program Coordinator, Instructional Support Consultant, and Middle School Homeroom Adviser. Luana is particularly interested in the role of technology in the teaching of writing; ethics education; and the value of choice in promoting self-sponsored literacy and lifelong love of reading. Luana recently completed training at a Summer Teacher Institute sponsored by the National Endowment of the Humanities and national conferences for the National Conference of Teachers of English and the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
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